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Yoga-na Love This

25 January 2016
Yoga-na Love This
Many profess the power of yoga; whether it be to challenge mind and body, accompany mindful meditation or offer an appealing alternative to getting sweaty on a treadmill, classes around Leeds have become increasingly prevalent. There are also many varying types designed to engage the body and mind in different ways; if you’re yoga curious and want to dip a toe in, or even if you’re already a human pretzel yogi and want to try something new, here is a round-up of some rather unique yoga centres.

Aerial Yoga

There is a regular 2 hour introductory Beginner Workshop on Sundays from 13:00 to 15:00, costing £25. Alongside this, there’s a choice of two 4-week Aerial Yoga courses on either Thursday evening (20:00 - 21:15) or Sunday evening (18:00 - 19:15) costing £45. These are open to anyone who has previously attended one of the beginner’s workshops. To book your place, use the contact form here.

Lucyoga

Yoga instructor Rachel Gosling has some impressive credentials. Last year, she taught the daily yogasessions at Beacons Festival, and for the last two summers she’s taken the classes for Rooftop Yoga Peckham on top of a multi-storey car park. Back in Leeds, she’s here to teach Dru Yoga in the Yarden at Sheaf St Cafeteria. Whilst the main intention is to practise outside, the less than clement Leeds weather means she’ll probably be utilising the indoor space for thestart of this year. With playlists including Miles Davis, Brian Eno and The Pixies, Rachel is quick to assert the absence of any Enya or whale noises; these are classes for everyone, all bodies and all experience levels are welcome. Drawing from Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Pilates, her slow, flowing, mindcentred classes are about having fun and relieving stress, not showing off. Drop ins cost £8.50, and it’s £35 for a five class pass. Make sure to book online at their website. Classes take place every Tuesday from the 5th January, 18:30 – 19:45.

We Are Wellness

Opening on the 11th of January in the new year, the We Are Wellness team has taken over an 18th Century Hyde Park mansion to create an urban retreat that promises space and a community to relax, sweat, or be pampered within. There’s an emphasis on keeping things green, too: there’s a garden, nutritious food, and the house itself is furnished with landfill rescued furniture, LED lighting, and ecofriendly paint. We Are Wellness’ website is as cool as its ethos, with plenty of song recommendations and fitness blog posts to peruse. A stone’s throw from the buzzy Hyde Park pub, it’ll no doubt become a favourite for students wishing to escape exam and work stress.

Yoga Hero

Yoga Hero offers a wide range of yoga classes, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Dynamic Hatha and Pregnancy Yoga to name but a few. Newbie orhardcore yogi, Yoga Hero caters to all abilities. There’s no need to book either, as all classes are drop-in. A single class costs £6.50, or £5.50 for students. Multiple class passes are available. Check out their website for a timetable of all the classes. If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle, Yoga Hero offer their very own retreats; awhole weekend of yoga, meditation, country walks and vitimin rich/ sugar free food in the Cumbrian countryside. Check out their website for a timetable of all the classes and details of the retreat.

Bikram Yoga Leeds

Newly opened on December the 18th, Bikram Yoga Leeds marks the first dedicated hot yoga studio in the City. This class caters for all abilities, so anyone is welcome. In 40 degree heat, you’ll work your way through 26 Hatha yoga postures. You’ll sweat, too. A lot. There’s method in the madness, however, with Bikram fans finding it a great way to stretch, de-stress, detoxify, and increase flexibility. Whatever you do, don’t forget your towel and a water bottle. There’s a live updated schedule on their website with plenty of package and card deals when it comes to fees. Stand alone, a single drop-in class costs £14.

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Daisy is a writer for Leeds Living, completing her BA in English Literature at the University of Leeds and will write about anything she can get her hands on.
Illustrations by Emma Chaplin